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Panthers defeat Oglethorpe on the road, 68-55

Harrison Deneka (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Harrison Deneka (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

ATLANTA, Ga.—Led by sophomore Harrison Deneka with 17 points, the Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team picked up another conference win Sunday afternoon, defeating Oglethorpe 68-55 in Atlanta, Ga.

The Panthers moved to 7-6 overall and 3-0 in the Southern Athletic Association, and are 6-1 over the last seven games. The Stormy Petrels fell to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in the SAA.

BSC led for the entire game, racing out to a 15-3 lead within the first 4:18 of the game. Oglethorpe fought its way back to cut it to two several times after that, and finally tied things up 22-22 at the 5:43 mark, but the Panthers ended the half on a 12-2 run to lead 34-24.

The Petrels cut the lead back to three, 36-33, early in the second half, but BSC kept firing, and steadily expanded its lead, going up 55-40 at the 8:12 mark for the largest margin of the game. The closest the Petrels would come after that would be cutting it to nine, twice, before the Panthers led by 13 by the final buzzer.

Deneka shot 6-12 from the field en route to his game-high 17 points, while senior Alex Avery pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds and also recorded a game-high five assists. Junior James McLean also added 12 points off the bench on 4-6 shooting, going 4-4 from three-point range.

BSC travels to face Millsaps for its next game on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m. in Jackson, Miss.